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Junior High Program

Sixth Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level

6th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

6th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fard Ayn Program
  • Right and responsibilities toward parents
  • Aqida (Islamic Creed)
  • Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan

6th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

6th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 6th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 6th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of trickster tales, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

6th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • Hatchet
  • Julie of the Wolves
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • The Little Princess
  • Biography of Sitting Bull

6th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Treasure Island
  • White Fang
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • National Velvet

6th Grade Social Studies

  • U.S. history with a focus on themes of identity, family and migration
  • Circumstances for migration in various periods of U.S history
  • Uprisings in the United States including the American Revolution, Abolitionist Movement, Suffragist Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Labor Movement and Gay Rights Movement; children and justice

6th Grade Math

  • Mastery with logic and problem-solving strategies and mastery in making math-related connections to the world beyond the classroom
  • Whole number operations, basic arithmetic operations, estimation, complex problem-solving using whole numbers and complex problem-solving using decimals
  • Comparing and ordering fractions and finding fraction/decimal equivalents
  • Computation of percentages, interest and compound interest
  • Number theories and properties, order of operations, property of zero, distributive, associative, commutative, and identity properties
  • Evaluation of simple numerical phrases with one or two algebraic variables
  • Squares of whole numbers, Pythagorean Theorem
  • Use of both metric system and system of measurement commonly used in the United
  • Linear measurement including perimeter, patterns, functions and algebra

6th Grade Science

  • Botany, botanical classification, roots, stems and nutrient cycles
  • Leaves and photosynthesis, flowers and reproduction, plant adaptations, plants in rainforest, alpine and desert environments
  • Aquatic animals: anatomy, behavior, diversity, habitats
  • Ecology — introduction to basic patterns and processes in ecosystems with an emphasis on the estuarine system of the greater San Francisco Bay/San Pablo Bay and the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta
  • Populations, keystone species, energy webs and trophic cascades
  • Foraging strategies and survival at extremes, measures and samples on biodiversity

6th Grade Art

  • Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more

6th Grade Stewardship Program

  • Community and school serve one another over time
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Create recycling campaign for Peace Terrace and the Masjid community
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change

6th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

6th Grade PE

  • Moving through space and time involving effort
  • Team building, cooperative activities
  • Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard games
  • Volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey and juggling

Seventh Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level.

7th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

7th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fard Ayn Program
  • Right and responsibilities toward parents
  • Aqida (Islamic Creed)
  • Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan

7th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

7th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 7th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 7th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of tall tales, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

7th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • Little Women
  • The Swiss Family Robinson-Johann David Wyss
  • Muhammad by Martin Lings
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Cheaper by the Dozen

7th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Red Pony
  • Poems of Emily Dickenson
  • Goose Girl
  • Beowulf the Warrior: Ian Serrailier

7th Grade Social Studies

  • What is philosophy?
  • Socratic dialogue, pre-Socratic philosophy, Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Hume, Existentialism
  • World geography
  • The Cultural Revolution in China
  • Fascism in WWII Europe and the Holocaust
  • The world of Elizabethan England and the works of Shakespeare
  • Current events

7th Grade Math

  • Mix of pre-algebra and algebra skills including fractions, ratios, rates, statistics, probability, number systems and number theory
  • Algebra includes graphing linear and exponential equations, solving one and two variable equations and understanding the derivation and use of linear equations in standard, intercept and point slope forms
  • Rigorous and consistent approach to solving math problems, from up front estimation to proof and confirmation
  • Proportional reasoning
  • Geometry

7th Grade Science

  • Defining life and evolution
  • Understand cells and how they function
  • Human physiology
  • Compare human and animal physiology through dissection and observation
  • Genetics and inheritance
  • Health and disease with a sub-unit on Health and Human Sexuality

7th Grade Art

  • Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more

7th Grade Stewardship Program

  • Community and school serve one another over time
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Student lead a campaign to expand the school library by gathering books and funds
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change

7th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

7th Grade PE

  • Partner work and practicing conflict resolution
  • Team building, cooperative activities
  • Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard games
  • Volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey and juggling

Eight Grade

Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole group, small group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level.

8th Grade Qur’an

  • Tajweed
  • Memorization
  • Reading
  • Beauty in recitation

8th Grade Islamic Studies

  • Fard Ayn Program
  • Right and responsibilities toward parents
  • Aqida (Islamic Creed)
  • Fique (jurisprudence) of purification, prayer, and fasting in the month of Ramadan

8th Grade Arabic

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Oral Conversation

8th Grade Language Arts

Since the first publication of the Voyages in English series in 1942, the emphasis has always been on providing students with the necessary tools of oral and written language that honor their abilities and enable them to take their places in a dignified and articulate manner in sought-after educational institutions and, eventually, in the workforce and society. When the focus remains on the student and the level of expectation is high, standards and high-risk tests become ways of assessing student progress rather than goals to be met. A truly excellent instructional language series always sets its sight on lifetime communication competence rather than short-term minimum proficiency test results. Voyages in English has stood the test of time in proving its prowess in preparing students for life in a society that still values dignified communication skills and expects high-level performance.

Grammar:

Grammar in 8th grade begins with learning about the various types of sentences and progresses with instructions in nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions, and punctuation and capitalization. New grammar rules are introduced and older ideas are mastered.

Written and Oral Communication:

Each month students have a new theme in their writing and oral communication instruction. In 8th grade the themes include: personal narratives, how to articles, descriptions, business letters, book reports, persuasive writing, creative writing of tall tales, and research reports.

Reading Comprehension:

Literary Exploration – a familiarity with the great books and classics on various themes.

Attentive Reading – the literary proficiency to read with a discerning eye, and to develop a focus on larger themes, messages, and connections with attention to detail and nuance: how to delve into a piece for both pleasure and thoughtful analysis.

Critical Thinking – the techniques and confidence to formulate, express, and defend an opinion in class discussions and presentations, and to develop thoughtful responses to others’ comments.

8th Grade Mandatory Reading List

  • Shooting Kabul
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life / Candace Fleming
  • Oliver Twist
  • Struggling to Surrender

8th Grade Required Independent Reading List

  • Life of Pi
  • Kidnapped
  • White Fang
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Poems of Emily Dickenson

8th Grade Social Studies

  • The origins of American government
  • The American Dream
  • Manifest Destiny, The United States Constitution, the branches of government
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • The causes of the Civil War, civil rights movements
  • United States political parties and elections
  • World political and economic systems
  • The role of the media
  • United States foreign policy
  • Democracy

8th Grade Math

  • Mix of pre-algebra and algebra skills
  • Processes of using and defining linear equations, including using equations to model data and deriving models from actual data
  • Four methods of solving systems of two variable equations
  • Systems of inequality and their uses
  • Factoring and simplifying a variety of polynomial equations and exponential expressions
  • Proof and number and properties of real numbers and multiple techniques for solving quadratic equations
  • Function notation and trigonometric ratios
  • Complex rate, ratio, proportion and unit problems
  • Apply statistics to analyzing current social, political and scientific issues
  • Exponents and scientific notation

8th Grade Science

  • Distance, velocity and acceleration
  • Force and energy and simple machines
  • Electromagnetism, sounds and light, bending the mind – quantum mechanics and relativity
  • Physics and the atom, properties of elements, bonding and compounds
  • Balancing equations
  • Acid/base reactions, oxidation/reduction reactions and exothermic and endothermic reactions

8th Grade Art

  • Painting, sewing, sculpture, needle felting, ceramics, murals, digital mediums, photography, observational drawing and more

8th Grade Stewardship Program

  • Community and school serve one another over time
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Student participate in a campaign to benefit the school library
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change

8th Grade Drama, Percussions, and Vocals

  • Classroom performances during school events
  • Singing in the school assemblies
  • Language Arts Enrichment classes in poetry performance and theater

8th Grade PE

  • Continuity, change in movement, healthy competition
  • Team building, cooperative activities
  • Soccer, ultimate games, capture the flag, yard
  • Volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey and juggling